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[–] [email protected] 40 points 1 month ago

Being able to make lightweight edits to photos is going to be very nice.

[–] [email protected] 29 points 1 month ago

Its amazing how fast it's developing, hard to believe it's only two years old, yet it seems like yesterday at the same time.

Fantastic devs!

[–] [email protected] 23 points 1 month ago

Oh awesome, its nice to know that immich will add photo editing soon!

[–] [email protected] 10 points 1 month ago (4 children)

How does Immich compare to something like PhotoPrism or Piwigo?

[–] [email protected] 17 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Piwigo is more like a shared gallery. Users create album/folders and upload individual photos, which other users can access. Piwigo has poor support for videos and no support for Live Photos.

Photoprism has only a single user for the free tier. It supports Live Photos and videos, and individual photo uploads. It does facial recognition tagging.

Immich supports video/Live Photos, facial recognition, and has multiple users, but it expects a full backup/synchronization (not individual photos). Sharing between users is manual, not automatic or permissions-based like Piwigo. Each user has access only to their own backups or shared albums.

In summary, I think Piwigo is the simplest to set up and use, but it doesn’t do much beyond photos - it’s a simple shared gallery. Photoprism is good and stable, but you have to pay a subscription for multiple user accounts. Immich is rapidly developing, which means things will break, but also it has the most features. My only issue with Immich is that I don’t want to use it as a backup - only as a “best of” shared gallery. While it’s possible with Immich, I would have to maintain an Immich album on my phone, and sync only that, and I would have to set up shares with other users manually.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Thanks for the detailed writeup, I think I understood it properly now!

Crazy that you have to pay for PhotoPrism to have more users!

Maybe they add these features you want to Immich? Given that it's still in development.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago (2 children)

Yeah the multiuser thing is a big deal for me now. Photoprism is okay but just the fact that there's a paid version irks me.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Yeah I wanted to selfhost photoprism soon but now I have to reconsider that.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

I have an instance that runs half stably on an old PC. I will upgrade to an old server and then move to immich.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

I would probably do a one-time purchase but I don’t do subscriptions.

[–] [email protected] 13 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Compared to PhotoPrism for example Immich supports multiple users.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago (2 children)

How does it store images? Does it make one huge pile and sort it by metadata and external db magic?

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) (1 children)

Pretty much however you want. You can let it import and sort by a folder logic of your design or can make it read an already existing library without immich modifying the structure.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Thank you, will have to check the docs... I remeber someone told me it can't import folder structure, but it's been a while.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago (1 children)

It definitely can, it's called an "external library". I just added my entire photo collection and use Immich as a frontend to view them all

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) (1 children)

Can you view an external library using your own folder structure and not in a timeline display? I was under the impression Immich can’t do that, at least not without manually creating them all as separate albums or by using a script.


I have photos from the last 30 years stored in this type of folder structure:


  • 2002-06-23 Mum’s birthday party — 2002-06-23 Mum’s birthday party-0001.TIF

I’m less interested in using it for photo backup since I’d prefer not to use an automated tool since I curate everything in my library so that it stays organised - I’m looking for something for viewing/displaying and sharing.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Ah, yeah I guess you can't browse your photos using a file system view. I just meant that it won't automatically reorganize your pictures on the file system.

However you can create albums via an API call. You could probably write a script that adds each folder to an album or something.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Yes. But it allows to define a custom storage layout based on user date time filename typ and album.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Ok, thank you.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Immich has a big financial backer

[–] [email protected] 6 points 1 month ago (2 children)
[–] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago (1 children)
[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago (2 children)

Let's hope it stays like that!

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

Let's hope 🥰

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago (1 children)
[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago (2 children)

Wouldn't be the first to flip

[–] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago

Immich recently changed license from MIT to AGPL. As far as I understand they can't sinply relicense to a non-free license unless they redo a good chunk of code from the last half a year.

If they still used the MIT license I'd be worried too.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago (1 children)

They would not be able to really. In theory every contributor (or at least the vast majority) would have to agree to that license change.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Still waiting to see any consequence on simplemobiletools

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) (1 children)

Semantic/licensing quibbles aside, these futo guys seem pretty based (affectionate). They even use the word "normies" in their goals/value statement.

Seriously tho, with power/wealth as lopsided as it is in america, we really need capitalist class traitors to get anything done and I'm glad people like this exist

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

I guess at this point we have to take what we get.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) (1 children)

One feature that I hope that Immich adopts is to allow for external libraries to be displayed in an existing folder structure. There’s no built-in way to do this and requires a script that uses albums as a workaround. A lot of photographers have organised folders by date/event that span years/decades, so it’s not practical to create these manually with albums.

The closest I’ve found is a cron script which does album generation automatically, but it’s not a ‘future proof’ solution since it could stop working at any time.

Memories (Nextcloud), Photoprism, and Photoview can do this.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Photoview looks nice too, I might try that.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Never heard of Immich, but it looks absolutely amazing.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

And amazing is is. It has almost completely replaced my use of Google Photos 👍

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

Ooo similar image detection already implemented! Been wondering how I manage that!

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago (2 children)

So, do I need a GPU to use facial rec. with this?

I have a NAS with a low powered CPU, but I don't care if it takes weeks to analyse - we don't take loads of photos.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

No, I do all the facial stuff on my little n305. Depends on size of photos and how many. I have about 9k and it took a few hours to churn through.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

I passed my igpu through and honestly found almost no speed benefit after the initial import. So i removed it.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Needs private albums for porn and ill use it.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago (1 children)
[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago


Now I know there's an app for everything...

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago (1 children)

Yeah I am looking forward to the stable release.

What happened to the old logo?

Last time that I checked the Repo it was different.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

Redesigned. If i have to guess: because it was too much. Too many details, too small.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 1 month ago

Better background backups

Rework background backups to be more reliable

Hilarious for a system which main point / feature is photo backup

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